Summer Handfastings Popular
McQueen says he performs most handfastings during the summer, probably because they are typically held outside, and in northern climates, it makes more sense to have the ceremony when the weather is warmer and more conducive to outdoor activities. Some, however, like to hold it close to Beltane, which is a ritual that celebrates joy and fertility, and others prefer to have it during the winter, though winter ceremonies are most often held indoors. You don’t have to be a practicing pagan to have a handfasting. McQueen has performed handfasting ceremonies for people of other denominations— people who had attended a handfasting, loved the experience, and wanted their own wedding to be done in that tradition. Whether speaking their vows for the first time or renewing them after years of marriage, couples will find handfasting to be a beautiful and profound spiritual expression of their love—as well as a lot of fun.
References Image: Handfasting Celebration – Courtesy of Ian Cunningham Kaldera, Raven & Schwartzstein, Tannin, Handfasting and Wedding Rituals, Woodbury: Llewellyn Publications, 2010. Interview with Jeff McQueen, Priest, 1st degree, the Wiccan Church of Canada.
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